Tuesday 5 July 2016

The Conspiracy

A colour study of The Conspiracy of Claudius Civilis (1661–62) by Rembrandt. Drawn on my Samsung tablet at the Rijksmuseum, sat in front of the painting (196 cm × 309 cm). The painting was commissioned by the Amsterdam City Council for the Town Hall. 

A photo of the original painting by Rembrandt

Originally measuring approx. five by five metres and in the shape of a lunette, The Conspiracy of Claudius Civilis was the largest picture Rembrandt had ever painted. After the work had been in place briefly, it was returned to Rembrandt, who may have never been paid. Rembrandt drastically cut down the painting to a quarter of the original size to be sold. The painting, on loan from NationalmuseumStockholm, is currently hanging in the same room as the The Night Watch (1642), also by Rembrandt (see below).